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Writing a novel is  ahuge undertaking that can take months and even years to complete, depending on the amount of research and detail you put into your work of fiction or non-fiction.  Even knowing this, it can feel like it's taking too long to complete your novel.  If you feel that way, it may benefit you to read a few tips and tricks in order to speed up the process of writing your novel without diminishing its quality or value to readers.

Creating an outline or a breif synopsis of the plot as well as short character descriptions can help you get your ideas down so that you do not have to continuously stop and think, What's Next.  Of course, utilizing a good novel planning and writing book, like Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook: Worksheets for the Writer, Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook, Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors 2) and Ready, Set, Write: Level 1, may help keep you focused and on the productive writing path.

For more writer tips and tricks, keep reading.  You're sure to find some ideas to help keep you on the path to publication.

 
What's a plot driven book? 

A plot driven book or plot author book is when the main focus of the book is going to be about the plot. There are two main things that are going to be included in this style of writing. These two things are going to include the plot twists and the external conflict. This means that the story is going to be about the development of the situation that is happening inside of the book. Therefore, the characters are going to have to make quick decisions so there will be less development of the characters in the story. There are three main genres that are going to be plot author books. These genres are going to be romance novels, mysteries, and fantasy novels. 
 
Pros and cons of a plot driven book 

The first pro is that it can help to foster anticipation and excitement in the reader. The second pro is that the book is going to have good structure. The third pro is that there will be space for exploring more ideas that can be bigger than the individual people or the relationships that they have throughout the book. The first con is that they are going to need a lot of different events inside of the book to make it compelling. The second con is that there are going to be a lot of unexpected twists. The third con is that the books are going to have a lot of ideas about society and technology. 
 

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Plot Driven and Character Driven 


There is a process involved in the preplanning stages of every plot driven book. It is important to understand the difference between plot driven and character driven. A character-driven story may deal with transformations and relationships among the characters in the story. The plot in a character-driven story is, often, simple and it may focus on struggles among the characters. Defining a plot driven book is simplified because the characters have various actions that have resulted in the plot of a story. The plot-driven book or story takes the action of a character and will have a result from the action or the event of a character. Keep in mind, a great character will need a great plot. The plot of any book is driven by the actions of the characters. 

 

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1. Try Editing Your Novel with a Fresh Mind and Eyes 

After you have written your novel and checked for the minor errors, it is normally a good practice to keep your novel aside for a few weeks or even months and let your mind forget about it. Once you come back to read through the novel, you will be amazed on how different it will look or sound. This helps you to look at the novel with a fresh perspective hence you are likely to find a few more errors than you would have previously found. 

2. Use Beta Readers 

Being close to your novel for a long time will sometimes make it impossible to look at it from the reader’s perspective. Therefore, it is a good idea to find some people you trust so as to read the novel for you and then send you suggestions on how to improve it. They could be your writing or editing partners. Try avoiding family or friends as your beta readers. You can do this in exchange for a favor which might go a long way in motivating your beta readers. 

 

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When it comes to publishing your just finished novel, you have three choices, you can go the traditional publishing route. You can self publish, or you can YOU publish. There are pros and cons of each publishing method.

Traditional Publishing

Most writers dream of one day getting their novel accepted at a big publishing house with worldwide reach and receiving a hefty royalty advance for all their hard work. The end result is that they are going to be the next Stephen King, Anne Rice, Danielle Steele or Lee Child, and they’re never going to have to go to work again. Instead, they’re going to write novels for the rest of their lives. Fantastic! If this is your goal, I wish you the best of luck.

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To be blunt – Just what the fuck is that?

Probably every list you’ve ever read on how to sell more books lists the title of this article as either step 1 or step 2, and it’s a big load of youknowwhat!

You know why?

You are not the best of judge when it comes to determining how amazing your book is. In fact, what you think of your books doesn’t even matter in the long term. The only thing that matters is what your readers think of your book.
 
 
One of the things we have to do as indie authors is create our own book covers. Sure, Amazon offers ready made covers and you can change the colors and fonts and attach your own text, but to really stand out, you need a custom cover not a stock cover. Some authors choose to hire cover designers, but this can get pricey, depending on the complexity of your cover and the experience of the cover designer. In order to save money, you’ll probably want to learn how to design your own covers in GIMP.

1. Start by Downloading GIMP

GIMP is a free GNU image manipulation program similar to photoshop. It works in Windows and Linux.

2. Choose Your Photos

Unless you are a graphic artist and can create your own images from scratch, it’s best to start with some stock photos. Again, in order to control costs, we really want to choose free photos. Some places to get those stock photos for free include PixabayPexelsUnsplash and StockFreeImages. You do still have to watch yourself. Most of these sites include “sponsored photos”, which means pay pay pay to use. If you accidentally click on a sponsored photo, don’t worry. Just go back to the original site and keep looking.
 
 
So, you’re working on the next great novel and all of a sudden, your thoughts are as cloudy and gray as the above tree image. You’re stuck. You can’t string two words together. You can’t even get started because you can’t think of a good list of character names. Just chill out and sit back. Here are the 5 most common writer problems and solutions.

1. You Can’t Think of a Good Character Name

This is not as much of a problem as you think it is. The best case scenario is that this is a secondary character and not one of your main characters, but even if it is a main character, it’s not a huge problem.
 

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Writing a book and publishing a book are only the first steps to author success.  This is because you could have written a great book, but this does not matter if no one knows about it. Thankfully, there are promotional tools and things you can do to help spread the word.


Social media is a great place to promote your book. You can potentially reach thousnads and even millions of people with properly timed and hashtagged tweets and posts. You can also start a blog, create promotional and informative articles and share those across your social media accounts.  There are even sites where you can promote your book for free.

Additionally, there are also several Amazon books available to get you gather book promotion ideas so that you can create your own custom book promotion strategy.  Great Noevel marketing books include:

  1. Novel Marketing: Making Your Author Brand Work for You & Your Books
  2. How to Market a Book Third Edition (Books for Writers)
  3. The Kindle Publishing Bible: How To Sell More Kindle Ebooks on Amazon (Step-by-Step Instructions On Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Books) (Kindle Bible Book 1)
  4. How Your Book Sells Itself: 10 Ways Your Book is Your Ultimate Marketing Tool (Marketing for Authors)
  5. Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions
  6. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing) (Volume 2)
  7. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, Real World Edition: Authors: How to sell more books, ebooks, multi-media books, audios, videos, white papers, and other information products in the real world

 

In addition to the above helpful books, here are a few articles to help you self-promote your books.

 

 

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